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Verizon changes ETF fees to keep you around longer

Verizon changes ETF fees to keep you around longer

Early termination fees are bothersome, but a normal part of a subsidized smartphone plan. Newer monthly payoff schemes can reduce that, but you’re still at the mercy of your carrier for canceling early with a subsidized plan. Today, Verizon made a move to tie their customers in a bit tighter, and for a longer duration. In updating their customer agreement language, all new customers will be tied into a larger early termination until eight months into their contract. Current customers are unaffected by this change.

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Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

When you’re shopping for a smartphone, you likely put little thought into the radios that receive your signal. The reason: they’re all about the same, and pretty good at their job. You do fret over carrier strength in your area, though. Is AT&T stronger than Verizon, or is T-Mobile the better choice? You can check Open Signal, which is helpful for you, but what about the carrier? A new Apple patent could give carriers real-time info on their towers, including dropped signals.

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AT&T will purchase Mexican carrier lusacell for $2.5bil

AT&T will purchase Mexican carrier lusacell for $2.5bil

AT&T has announced they will acquire Mexican carrier lusacell, which covers 70% of Mexico and uses the same GSM technology AT&T takes advantage of. Though precise terms of the deal were not disclosed, we do know the purchase price was $2.5 billion. AT&T still has a few hurdles to leap before things are finalized. Grupo Salinas — who AT&T made the deal with — currently has a 50% stake in lusacell, and needs to buy out their partners ahead of the AT&T buyout, according to Reuters.

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Verizon joins Samsung Gear S smartwatch club

Verizon joins Samsung Gear S smartwatch club

Verizon has joined the Samsung Gear S party, launching the 3G-enabled smartwatch today, though you'll pay a pretty penny for the privilege of equipping your wrist. The wearable - priced up by AT&T and T-Mobile USA last week - comes with its own cellular connectivity baked in, rather than relying solely on a Bluetooth-tethered smartphone to operate. However, that doesn't mean you can avoid a smartphone altogether, and that's where the Gear S starts to get expensive.

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T-Mobile joins Galaxy Note Edge party November 14th

T-Mobile joins Galaxy Note Edge party November 14th

Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge isn't just headed to AT&T this month, but T-Mobile USA as well, with the curved AMOLED phablet set to show up on the magenta network come November 14th. Taking the core specifications of the Galaxy Note 4, but wrapping the right edge of the smartphone around the body of the device so that it can be used as a separate shortcut or control bar, ticker tape notifications area, or anything else third-party developers might want to code for, it keeps the stylus but also throws in a higher price for the flexible screen tech.

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Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T plan to switch on cross-network VoLTE calls in 2015, the two carriers have confirmed today, opening the door to first voice over LTE calls and then one day video calling and messaging. VoLTE launched on Verizon's network in September, allowing handsets like the iPhone 6 to use the data network for VoIP rather than traditional methods, with the addition of HD-quality audio too. However, for the moment, VoLTE only supports calls between subscribers on the same network, something Verizon and AT&T are planning to change.

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AT&T quietly enables Cascade-like single ID with Gear S watch

AT&T quietly enables Cascade-like single ID with Gear S watch

Samsung's Gear S is spreading, with AT&T confirming its launch plans and pricing for the 3G-enabled smartwatch. The curved AMOLED wristband will hit AT&T shelves on November 7th, AT&T said today, priced at $199.99. Unlike T-Mobile USA, however, which announced a new, wearable-specific data tariff for the Gear S earlier today, AT&T is taking a different approach, and going some way to addressing how users are contactable when they're carrying multiple devices each with their own network identity.

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T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

With built-in 3G and a curved AMOLED touchscreen, we weren't quite sure how much the Samsung Gear S smartwatch was going to cost, but T-Mobile USA has put those questions to bed with availability news for the connected wearable. Headed to stores on November 9th - and up for pre-registration today - the Gear S will also get a new, low-cost data plan specially designed for information-sipping gadgets. Priced at $5 per month, the plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data (up to 500MB of which is at full-speed), and paves the way for other connected devices that want access to carriers' mobile networks.

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Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Earlier this month T-Mobile revealed that the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone would be arriving on its shelves October 29, and as promised the handset went live on the carrier's site yesterday. As with most phones, subscribers have the option to buy it outright from the carrier or shell out in piecemeal fashion via monthly payments (for those who qualify). In case you missed it, we got our hands on Sony's sleek smartphone back in September, detailing all it has to offer alongside a large gallery of the device.

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T-Mobile CEO: Don’t buy your iPad from us

T-Mobile CEO: Don’t buy your iPad from us

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere has weighed in on the ongoing Apple SIM confusion, highlighting the discrepancies between carriers in how they support (or sabotage) Apple's scheme to pick and choose with data plan flexibility. Apple SIM was, at least as Apple originally intended it, a way to bypass carrier lock-in, but the networks themselves refused to be so readily sidelined. Meanwhile, Legere also had a surprising reason for why when you go into a T-Mobile store and buy an iPad it comes with a SIM locked to his network - and an even more surprising solution.

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